September 24, 2003


According to the latest poll, Labor might win the next election if it replaces Simon Crean with any other carbon-based lifeform:

The Labor Party would be in an election-winning position if it dumped Simon Crean as leader, regardless of who took his job, new survey figures show.

The Herald-ACNielsen poll last weekend found 21 per cent of respondents would change their vote if Mr Crean were replaced. While not all would go to Labor, the net result would cut the Government's lead on primary votes from 11 points to four.

This must be the brilliant Crean strategy Margo mentioned the other day.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 24, 2003 12:23 PM

But don't you see, Tim? Margo's interest in the leadership of the Labor party? The poll showing that the voters will accept anybody other than Simon Crean? Obviously the time has never been better for Margo to take over!

Y'see, this is why she never has time to spellcheck. She's too busy with other matters.

Posted by: Andrew D. at September 24, 2003 at 12:34 PM

"The Labor Party would be in an election-winning position if it dumped Simon Crean as leader, regardless of who took his job...".

The Labor Party hasn't had a decent, true "leader" since ol' Ben Chifley in the 40's. Their most recent "leaders" - Goof Witless the Nation Destroyer, Kiddie Keating the bi-sexual clock collector and world's worst treasurer, Womanizer Hawke the Lefty unionist - have been role models for Bart Simpson, albeit with less charisma.

Posted by: Bushy at September 24, 2003 at 12:49 PM

Geez, the partisanship of so many journalists these days . . . .

Journos rightly declare financial interests e.g. own Fairfax shares if writing about media ownership, or Telstra shares if writing about selling off the rest of Telstra.

Maybe they should also declare who they voted for at the last election, just so it's crystal clear where they're coming from. I'd love to see how their voting reflects against the broader electorate.

And by the way, I voted for the government at the last election.

Posted by: steve at September 24, 2003 at 12:57 PM

Time to dump Crean and Macklin and go for Emerson and Gillard. They could be the dream team in and out of the bedroom.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at September 24, 2003 at 03:50 PM

Time will tell if Labor can recover from the advantage of having Simon Crean as Leader.

Meanwhile cryptic crossword afficionados will have a good old chuckle about the post from Mike Hunt about the alleged bedroom antics of Emerson & Gillard. Sexual objective sounds sounds like..........

Posted by: Michael Gill at September 24, 2003 at 04:22 PM

Scenario following the next Federal election:
Abbot and Costello vs. Gillard and Latham?
What do other posters think?

Posted by: Gadfly at September 24, 2003 at 06:02 PM

If you can stand Gillard's Kath & Kim accent for that long.

Posted by: John at September 24, 2003 at 07:36 PM